|During the spring and summer my favorite |
time of day to be out and about in Oxford
is in the early mornings, but in winter it's
the twilight that holds the magic.
|A waxing moon over All Souls.|
There is an emanation from the heart
which cannot be described,
but is immediately felt and puts
the stranger at his ease.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Don't be satisfied with stories,
how things have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth.
May my life be like a great
hospitable tree, and may
weary wanderers find in
me a rest.
~John Henry Jowett
|A soggy, drippy morning.|
|What greeted me when I opened the|
gate and walked up the flagstone steps
wasn't so bad. Max and I would have
it sorted in a couple of hours.
|My pineapple sage was in full |
bloom, with it's beautiful red spikes.
|And now with the trees stripped of their leaves,|
one of my favorite things about our garden
was shining there, in it's full glory--
the college towers that surround our garden.
|New College Tower backdrop|
and an ivy geranium heading
into it's second winter.
|Oxford's Covered Market ~ December, 2014|
|Tom Tower, Christ Church, St. Aldate's Street|
|Tom Tower and Christ Church Cathedral|
|Lone rower on the Thames.|
|Merton and Christ Church from the Merton playing fields, |
where Stuart played rugby and football as a young boy.
As 2014 is drawing to a close, Stuart and I can't help thinking about what a wonderful year we've had here at No. 14 Holywell Street. We're thinking back and remembering all the special people that have come through our door, while looking ahead--wondering what the New Year will bring and what new friends we'll be sharing our beautiful city with.
|Garden at Hill Top Farm|
|Late evening walk in June.|
|Shakespeare in Wadham College Garden|
|Welsh Station Master|
|Advent Carol Service|
|A Christmas celebration in a college dining hall.|
|The Covered Market at Christmas|